Chinatown is full of restaurnt supply stores. You don't actually have to own a restaurant or buy in bulk at these places.
It's really shi-shi to buy things from these upscale stores in Manhattan, but in reality a lot of their cookware is not all it's cracked up to be.
At the restaurant supply stores, you're getting restaurant grade equipment which is really study at the cheapest costs.
I love cooking and baking so this is pure heaven for me. The items in these stores, don't have the fancy labels and packaging but they also don't have the fancy prices. HOORAH!
The place I visited today is on 110 Bowery Street. Even though I wasn't buying in bulk, the staff was extremely attentive and kind. Check it out for some holiday shopping!